14 July, 2018

Railing Pattern

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of the Cement Railing of the Balcony of a house located at Tonk Road, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Been a little while since I posted Minimal of Repetition / Minimalist Photography as in Repeating Shapes.


I spotted this Cement Railing at a Balcony of a house located at Tonk Road, Jaipur.


I was actually heading towards the Vegetable Market to shop for some fruits and vegetables. 

I spotted this and decided to park my scooter next to this old grungy house. 

What made me stop was the color of the house walls. 

On one side ie on the left, the wall was painted green and on the right it was painted orange. 

I First took a shot to make this Minimalist Photo fall under the Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors Category.

The railing on the top left (green wall in the background and below) and the orange wall on the right with a small blue electric meter box on the bottom right. (that would have been my frame)

But, while I as editing this picture, I changed my mind. 

For the colorful photo was shot in Peak Sunlight and was a bit over exposed. 

Therefore, I decided to crop out only this Railing Pattern from the top left of the image and did away with all the unnecessary elements. (simplified the photo)


Since I had shot this Colored, this photo was primarily green (walls) with white cement railing pattern.

I later converted this Minimalist Photograph into Black and White.

Converting the Photo into Black and White enhanced the focus on the Repeating Pattern. 

Also, I cropped out about 60 percent of the photograph here.

I usually do not crop so much, its mostly about 5-10 percent at max (if at all it is required).

That's a lot of editing that went into it. Thanks to Adobe Photoshop's Affordable Photography Plans http://bit.ly/CreativeCloudPhotography

So, keep this tip in Mind,

"Cropping a photograph can carve out a nice frame for you, if done the right way."

Let's also look at the EXIF Data for this image:


  • Camera Maker: Canon

  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • F-stop: f/10

  • Exposure time: 1/80 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Max aperture: 3

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto

Hope you enjoyed the shot, stay tuned for more. 

Thank You

06 July, 2018

Fallen Water

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Photo of Water that dripped down from the Terrace to the floor. Picture taken at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (India)
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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If I would have learned Photography from a Coaching Institute, they would have probably not taught me to shoot these kind of subjects. This is what my realization is. I am happy to be self-taught.

  • My Idea to shoot subjects is simple:


Spot what is normally not seen or ignored, apply Basic Rules of Photography/ Minimalism, and make it your subject.

So what we have here is basically water dripping down from a water outlet from a terrace located at Jawahar Kala Kendra. 


I could not think of a clever title for it, so I just titled it "Fallen Water"


My first edit was the colored version of this. But I could not fix the red wall color in editing. 

Therefore I went ahead with Black and White conversion of the same. 

After a few edits I was happy with the tones. 


Categorization and Camera Settings:



The Photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements category of Minimalist Photography

and the EXIF Data is as below:

  • Camera Maker: Canon

  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • F-stop: f/5.6

  • Exposure time: 1/60 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-400

  • Exposure bias: 0 step

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Max aperture: 3

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Flash mode: No flash

  • Exposure program: Manual

  • White Balance: Auto


Hope you enjoyed the shot. 

Stay tuned for more. Thank You !

03 July, 2018

Two Brass Pots

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Two Brass Pot placed near the Stairs at City Palace, Jaipur. (India)
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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What we have here are Two Brass Pots placed near the Stairs at City Palace, Jaipur. (India)


I focused on the the pot that was on the far end and I kept the front brass pot a little out of focus to make the photo a little interesting. 

Also, I have edited the photo in such a way that it stays more on the Gray Side. 

Another highlight here is the Right Angled Triangle created by light on the top left corner of the frame. Simple Geometry adds a lot to any Minimalist Photograph.

Getting back to the Classification.

This Photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category of Minimalism

As you can see that the only elements here are the Two Brass Pots and the Ground(stairs on the side).

These kind of Photographs are from the "Looking Down" style. 

Here one looks down and points his / her camera downwards to capture the photograph. 

Personally, I find the Looking Down shots more interesting. 

City Palace is full of interesting subjects to click. 

If you plan to come down to Jaipur sometime, do not forget to visit this place. 

The White Arrow

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Person Sitting cross legged on the stairs at Jawahar Kala Kendra, with a Big White Arrow on the wall next  to him
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I have seen this White Arrow a lot of times before at the same place. But I chose to click this today because of the man sitting crossed legged on the stairs complimented the White Arrow. 

The White Arrow is my main subject here and the Man compliments it. As an add-on are the stairs on the left and to the right. 


One can category this Minimalist Photograph under Minimalism as Less Elements and under theme "Minimalism and People"


I shot this on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II with the 100mm Prime Macro Lens.

I was about 50 meters away from the subject and I was shooting from the side angle in the portrait mode.

To assist myself to get the lines correct, I composed this in the Live View shooting mode, instead of using the View Finder. 

I did the mistake of earlier leaving the image too gray and with less contrast about 3 times. 

Finally, I decided this edited version is OK


EXIF Settings:

Aperture - F/5.6

Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec

ISO speed: 400


Your thoughts on the Image?

25 June, 2018

8 Black and White Minimalist Photographs shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 1

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 2

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 3

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 4

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 5

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 6

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 7

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


Minimalist Photo 8

Black and White Minimalism shot via Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera


All of the above Minimalist Shots have been clicked using the Samsung S6 Smartphone Camera. 

Some of the shots have been edited using the default Samsung App, some edited using the Free Adobe Photoshop Express Android App and others were edited using Adobe Photoshop on my laptop. 


To get better results from my Mobile Camera:


  • I use the 3X3 Grid

  • I shoot mostly in the Manual Mode with 1 stop under exposure.

  • Keep my hand very still while shooting

  • Take 2-3 shots of the same subject to be sure of the focus.

  • Shoot by getting as close to the subject as possible.



Thank You ! Have a Great Day.


Also Check: 

30 Minimalist Photos taken by a Smart Phone